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Thai PM calls for urgent meeting on clash at Thai-Cambodian border

Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit
Piromya, meanwhile, will brief ambassadors from member countries of the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and representatives of
the UN Security Council on the clashes.
BANGKOK, Feb 5 
Concerns over ongoing bloody clashes at the disputed Thai-Cambodian
border, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (pictured) on Saturday
called for an urgent meeting with senior security and international
affairs experts, the acting government spokesman said.

Panithan
Wattanayakorn, deputy secretary-general to the prime minister, said the
meeting would start at about 1pm at Government House.

The
meeting was organised following a fresh clash between Thai and
Cambodian soldiers which began Friday and is still continuing near the
disputed Preah Vihear temple.

Mr Panithan
said Saturday’s fighting occurred due to a misunderstanding on unclear
border demarcation and the clash should serve as a “lesson which needs
to be rectified” by both sides.

He said negotiations will be held later Saturday by senior Thai and Cambodian soldiers.

Thai
Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya, meanwhile, will brief
ambassadors from member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) and representatives of the UN Security Council on the
clashes.

The briefing is scheduled to start at 3.30 p.m. and a press conference is to start an hour later.

Both Cambodia and Thailand are members of ASEAN.

Concerned
that members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) would move to
the Cambodian embassy and create trouble there, more than 150 anti-riot
policemen are now stationed around the premise.

Also, officers
have set up three checkpoints near the embassy to provide
round-the-clock security, but so far no untoward incident has occurred,
police said.

PAD members have been camping at Ratchadamnoen Nok
Avenue in central Bangkok since January 25 demanding that Thailand
withdraw from the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, scrap the three
memorandums of understanding signed between the Thai and Cambodian
governments and expel Cambodians in border areas the group claims
belong to Thailand.

The group has set Saturday as the deadline
for the government to respond positively otherwise they would step up
the intensity of its anti-government rally. (MCOT online news)

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